The Year of the Veteran and GIFF

While the Nation’s Capital will continue to host to some key GI Film Festival events, GIFF is pleased and honored to host the majority of its 8th annual event in Alexandria, VA.


“What better place to host GIFF than the city George Washington and Robert E. Lee home?” said GI Film Festival Brandon Millett.  “And aside from the city’s historical appeal, Alexandria is committed to being the most military friendly community in America. We hope to grow our relationship with the city for many years to come.”

Alexandria City Mayor William Eulle signed a proclamation declaring 2014 as the “Year of the Veteran” in Alexandria, which is home to 250 veteran-owned business and 12,000 military veterans. Alexandria has also launched a new business center for veterans, one of the first city-led initiatives of its kind in Virginia and the mid-Atlantic.

The Alexandria Veterans Business Enterprise Center (AVBEC) offers assistance to veteran entrepreneurs, veteran-owned businesses and veterans looking to explore new careers through business counseling and one-on-one professional coaching.

“The year of the veteran is about Alexandria’s commitment to the long-term reintegration of veterans into and within the city of Alexandria. While 2014 is our kickoff year, we see this as a long term, sustainable effort,” said AVBEC Director Emily McMahan.

For more information on what the City of Alexandria has to offer, please click here.

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